My last post was all about Time Management using a calendar. I don’t refer to a monthly calendar to schedule my time because my experience has been that when I’ve written in three events on one of those little squares, it looks like my day is packed and I can’t fit one more thing in. However, I use a monthly calendar on my wall in the kitchen, in the bathroom and at my desk to track dates and make mental reminders.
Using a calendar marked off in 15-minute increments is a very visual way of showing me there are usually 15 minute increments throughout the day that I can use very effectively. By having your calendar scheduled, you can usually see those 15 minute increments in advance. We have a two-story house and I have a timer upstairs and a timer downstairs. 15 minutes is how I either get things done or motivate myself to get started. What can you get in done in 15 minutes?
Having things grouped together for certain projects can make a HUGE difference in what you can accomplish in 15 minutes. Putting items that you might need in one container for a project really makes the difference. I turned a Rubbermaid container that was sitting on a shelf into a box for all my sewing tools. When I want to do some hand work (hemming a skirt or sewing on a button), I grab that box and know everything is there that I need. The lid fits on tight so my items don’t spill. What things can you group together for projects in your house? You may find that you need to go buy additional items. I have three staplers in my office; one on my desk, one on my assistants desk and one in the closet where I have work space set up. Having additional tools where you need them will save you lots of time and even allow you to get more things done in 15 minutes!